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Challenging Higher Education

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"An American Imperative'' issues four "challenges'' to the nation's colleges and universities:

  • Conduct an evaluation using the report's "self-assessment checklist,'' and commit publicly to an institutional plan that "builds on the strengths and remedies the deficiencies'' identified through the checklist.
  • Define and state publicly the institution's entry and exit standards for the knowledge, skills, and abilities expected of applicants and of graduates, and set a target date for putting these standards in place.
  • Develop a curriculum that assures all graduates "the benefits of a liberal education.''
  • Insure that next year's entering students "graduate as individuals of character more sensitive to the needs of community, more competent to contribute to society, and more civil in habits of thought, speech, and action.''


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